Young rugby fans learn how to play like their heroes

Aileen Hahesy

Aileen Hahesy

Carrick-on-Suir Rugby Club’s budding Ronan O’Garas and Paul O’Connells of the future learned how to score tries, pass and kick the oval ball like their heroes at a summer camp last week.

The summer camp at Carrick-on-Suir Rugby Club’s playing grounds at Tybroughney attracted 17 enthusiastic boys and girls aged between seven and 13 from Monday, July 18 to Friday, July 22.

Carrick-on-Suir Rugby Club’s Youth Officer Declan Connolly said the camp focused on teaching children the basic skills of the game and concentrated on a specific skill each day ranging from handling, passing and kicking the ball to tackling for the older participants.

The skills coaching was based around fun games and a rugby match each day of the camp, which ran from 9.30am to 1.30pm daily.

Declan, who was one of the coaches at the camp, is delighted with the success of the camp.

“Last year and the previous year there was a Munster Rugby summer camp at the club but it wasn’t possible to get it this year so we said we would run our own camp.

“It has been really successful with all the kids and their parents are delighted and we are going to expand it next year.”

He pointed out that the summer camp was a great way of providing continuity of training and playing rugby for their young members during the summer school holidays and also a great way of introducing newcomers to the game as well as an opportunity for kids to make new friends.

He agreed that the success of the Irish, Munster and Leinster rugby squads in recent years has greatly increased the popularity of the sport among children.

While only a few players made it to the top, he pointed out that being a rugby player was a great life and social skill to have no matter where you went in the world.

Training for Carrick-on-Suir Rugby Club’s youth players resumes when the schools re-open in September and according to Declan new members, both boys and girls, are welcome.

Training sessions take place on Sundays at the Club’s grounds at 10.30am.

Meanwhile, the Club’s summer tag rugby continues every Friday evening from about 7pm onwards. A tag rugby league is being planned for August.